Over 4 billion dollars is lost to the beauty industry every year through fake cosmetics. Yes, that's billion with a B. That number translates into approximately 50,000 jobs lost. You might think that buying your cosmetic and beauty items from a discount website or flea market table won't hurt anyone since the cosmetics industry is expected to bring in over 60 billion dollars in 2016. Apart from all of the people whose jobs depend on this industry, there are so many dangers, from mild to extreme, in the use of these fake products that I thought it was important to bring it up.
Lead. Arsenic. Mercury. Aluminum. Paint Stripper. Bacteria. E. Coli. Rat Feces. Human Urine.
This is just a partial list of the ingredients that can be found in fake cosmetics. How can this be, you ask? Most fakes are manufactured in China, in labs run by criminals. They don't care about the hygiene or safety of their products. They just want your money - and there's a lot of it to be had. The addition of these "ingredients" can cause allergic reactions, chemical burns, eye infections, and skin rashes leading to blindness, scarring and a host of other health issues including the possibility of cancer. Is that bargain eyeshadow palette really a bargain?
When I got the idea for addressing the issue of fake makeup, I did a Google search for counterfeit makeup. I got over 400,000 hits. That should give you an idea how much of an issue this is. I'll admit it, I've been caught up in the thrill of a good deal. I got a fake. I was excited when I found a Too Faced Peach palette for $9.99 USD. Great deal, right? Absolutely not. The trademark peach scent of this palette that I was so looking forward to was missing That was my first indicator of a problem. It only took a little research to determine that this was a fake. There are videos on YouTube that will show you how to spot a fake, specific to brand. Then the seller did not want to refund my money. In the long run, losing $10 to learn the dangers of putting counterfeit makeup on my face was a good deal. Far better to lose my $10 dollars than to get an eye infection or have to possibly deal with burns and scars.
I'm going to save up my money and buy that palette when it's re-released.